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Chicago Police Union President John Catanzara called on police to violate the vaccine mandate.

The head of the Chicago-Chicago Police Officers’ Union has called on its members to defer the city’s requirement to report on the status of their COVID-19 vaccination by Friday or to be on unpaid leave.

In a video posted online on Tuesday, it was first reported. Chicago Sun Times., Brotherhood Order of Police President John Catenzara vows to take Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration to court if he tries to enforce the mandate, for which city workers will be given work weeks The status of your vaccine must be reported by the end of the year. After Friday, unsafe workers who do not attend the semi-weekly corona virus test will be placed on unpaid leave.

Cotton Zara suggested that if the city implements its requirement and many union members refuse to comply, it is safe to say that 50 or fewer police forces will be in place in Chicago this weekend. Will be.”

In the video, Cotton Zara instructs officers to file a waiver for a vaccine but not to enter this information into the city’s vaccine portal.

He said that although he had clarified the status of his vaccine, “I do not believe that the city has the authority to order this to anyone, let alone this information about its medical history.”

During a news conference Wednesday, Lightfoot accused Kantazara of spreading false information and called most of his statements “false or blatantly false.” He said that the Covid 19 vaccine is proving to be effective and the vaccination will save the city employees and their families.

“What we’re focusing on is to make sure we maximize the opportunity to create a very safe workplace,” Lightfoot said. “The data is very clear. It is unfortunate that the FOP leadership has chosen to make a counter-statement. Are playing with the lives of members.

He said the city was ready to deal with any consequences related to the need for vaccinations.

Nationwide respondents have been hit hard by the virus but are opposed to the vaccination mandate. More than 460 law enforcement officers have died from COVID-19, including four members of the Chicago Police Department, according to Officer Down Memorial Page. On Tuesday, Dan Angelo, who once held Cotton Zara’s union position, died of the disease.

Katanzara has clashed with the mayor over a number of issues. When the city announced the vaccine mandate in August, the union leader compared it to something from Nazi Germany, telling the Sun Times, “It’s not Nazi. You won’t be hurt.”

Lightfoot blew up Cotton Zara for his “aggressive blast” and Cotton Zara posted a video on the union’s YouTube channel, apologizing for his choice of words and saying he would not allow vaccinations to take place during the Holocaust. Not trying to connect.


Associated Press author Sofia Tareen contributed to this report.

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